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In this issue:
A word from the President
Impact-modified PMMA and co-extruded PVDF/acrylic films for high-performance tapes by Haroldo Rodrigues, Product Manager in Evonik’s acrylics division
Next week: Afera Annual Conference 1-4 October 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Afera Committee news
Member news
Industry news
Publications
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Afera Annual Conference 2014
1-4 October, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Croatia
Emballage 2014
17-20 November, Paris, France
Labelexpo India
29 Nov-1Dec New Delhi, India
IPACK-IMA 2015
19-23 May, Milan, Italy
Afera Annual Conference 2015
7-10 October, Marseille, France
SEPTEMBER 2014
A word from the President
Dear Afera Members,

I am excited about meeting many of you next week at Afera’s Annual Conference, taking place at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace in the economical but beautiful Adriatic seaport of Dubrovnik. The working and social programmes have been well-designed and organised for tape industry executives. Presentations based on our theme “The Future of the European Adhesive Tape Industry: Technology, Trends and Markets” will be balanced with adequate time and surroundings for networking among the growing list of participants.

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to join in the premier annual event for the European tape industry.

I wish you a profitable fall, and if you are planning to join us next week, I wish you a pleasant journey to Croatia!

Laurent Derolez
Afera President
Impact-modified PMMA and co-extruded PVDF/acrylic films for high-performance tapes
Overview:
  • Incorporating impact-modified PMMA (Plexiglas®) and co-extruded PVDF/acrylic (Europlex®) films will add performance to your tapes, specifically in outdoor and optically clear applications
  • Film properties: no yellowing or colour change over long-term weathering and UV exposure; chemical resistance; easy to clean/soiling resistance; light guidance; high transparency/optically clear; high light transmission; UV blocking; durability; good imprintability; allows for coatings and metallisation; easy processability; easy to cut; and great aesthetics
  • The films are used for making optically clear, anti-counterfeiting, tamper-evident, surface protection, marking, safety and warning, reflective, and electronics mounting tapes
  • Of critical importance to the adhesive tape industry is that co-extruded PVDF/acrylic film has a very low surface tension, so that dust and other pollutants do not stick to the surface during tape application.
View the complete slide presentation
8th article in Afera’s Sicily conference presentation series

During Afera’s Sicily Conference, Haroldo Rodrigues, Product Manager in Evonik’s acrylics division, delivered a lecture entitled “Don’t lose face! Plexiglas® films for high-performance self-adhesive tapes” on the possibilities of impact-modified PMMA and co-extruded/acrylic PDVF films for adhesive tapes.

The bottom line: Incorporating impact-modified PMMA and co-extruded PVDF/acrylic films will add performance to your tapes, whether it’s outdoor- or optically clear tapes you are interested in. Read more
Upcoming event
NEXT WEEK: Afera Annual Conference 1-4 October 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia

It is not too late to register for Afera’s Annual Conference! Whether you are a tape producer, raw material or machine supplier, or converter, Europe’s premier tape event promises to connect you with the latest faces and developments in the adhesive tape industry.

Today’s businesses within the adhesive tape value chain are facing mixed results and numerous challenges as we experience the beginnings of economic recovery in Europe. Much emphasis has been put on ‘restructuring’ in terms of strategy, leadership, market focus, and products and innovation.

With the theme “The Future of the European Adhesive Tape Industry: Technology, Trends and Markets,” Afera’s
Annual Conference 2014 Programme zeroes in on the issues and opportunities linked to prospective growth of tape businesses and the industry as a whole. Topics have been developed around forthcoming markets, technologies and innovation, and trends in communications, legislation and company strategy. By popular
demand, Afera’s management is again holding a ‘Captains of Industry’ panel debate on the Conference theme.

Speakers: The Sunday Times ● Arcelik A.S. Research & Development Centre● Parafix Tapes & Conversions, Ltd. ● Fraunhofer IFAM ● Freedonia / Afera MKC ● Mondi Group ● Nitto Europe NV ● A Social Media/Content Marketing Strategist ● A European Trendspotter and Futurologist

As the definitive meeting place for business leaders of the adhesive tape industry, Afera’s Dubrovnik
Conference offers the perfect opportunity to meet and network with peers while enjoying the cultural delights of this prominent Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea.

Visit afera.com for more detailed information about the Conference Working and Social Programmes, registration and hotel accommodation. Afera’s Steering Committee looks forward to welcoming many new and familiar faces
from the Association in Dubrovnik!

Programmes
Registration form
Afera Committee news
Committee Meetings to be held @ the Annual Conference next week
Location: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Technical Committee
Tuesday, 30 September, 13.00-17.30
Mare Section 2
Lunch will be served in the meeting room before the meeting

Marketing Committee
Wednesday, 1 October, 9.00-12.30
Mare Section 2
Lunch will served after the meeting

Steering Committee
Wednesday, 1 October, 13.00 – 17.30
Mare Section 3
Lunch will be served in the meeting room before the meeting

Meeting agendas, former meeting minutes and ongoing action lists have been distributed and are available at afera.com. Committee Members, please confirm your participation or absence to the Secretariat if you haven’t already done so.
Member news
New Members since 1 January 2014
Carlisle Hardcast Europe, Netherlands (Active Member)
Momentive Specialty Chemicals, USA (Associated Member)
H.B. Fuller Europe GmbH, Germany (Associated Member)
Bitoner Resin, The Netherlands (Associated Member)
A&G Ambalaj San. Tic. LTD. STI, Turkey (Converter Member)
September
Ground-breaking ceremony and new website launch for ATP adhesive systems
www.atp-ag.com, 11 September 2014 – ATP adhesive systems has entered into a new era with the construction of a new production facility in Mihla-Buchenau, Germany (near Eisenach, Thuringen). The ground-breaking ceremony took place on 15 July. Read more
August
Sekisui Alveo expands its product range: Stiff foam boards with great potential for weight reduction in the automotive and packaging industries
www.sekisuialveo.com, 18 August 2014 – Sekisui Alveo further expands its product range: With Alveocel LP F, the manufacturer of polyolefin foams now also offers stiff foam boards, which will be used mainly in the automotive branch and in the packaging industry. Read more
Product carbon footprint values for industrial adhesives
www.klebstoffe.com, August 2014 – IVK, the German Adhesives Association, has published Typical "Product Carbon Footprint" (PCF) Values for Industrial Adhesives in both German and English. Download it here
Industry news
September
What can lasers do with composites?
www.industrial-lasers.com, 12 September 2014 – Lasers show promise for composite manufacturing in the aerospace industry. Read more
Design and mode of operation for advanced corrosion protection systems
www.pipelinesinternational.com, September 2014 – According to the World Corrosion Organisation, the global economy loses building structures amounting to roughly $US3.3 trillion every year due to corrosion damage. Read more
August
From the U.S. Open to a Target near you: The business behind sports tape
www.fortune.com, 30 August 2014 – Sports tape has taken off in sales for one company after a number of top athletes started wearing it to relieve their aches and pains. Read more
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Recent news
B2B content marketing strategy for tape businesses by Bert van Loon, Marketing & Communication Strategy Consultant Read more
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Afera Tape College event editorial by Dr. Michael Gerstenberger Read more
Global Tape Forum & Global Test Methods Committee Meetings held in Nashville, Tennessee Read more
Tapes used in bonded glazed windows by Bernard Elias, Head of Quality Assurance at RAL-Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme e.V. (GKFP) Read more
The future of growth: “All of us, rationally speaking, can be optimistic by Marc de Vos, Director of the Itinera Institute Read more
Global, European specialty tape markets and growth opportunities by Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates Read more
Why you need quality assurance in adhesive bonding technology by Prof. Andreas Gross, Head of Training and Technology Transfer at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM Read more
If you would like to participate in Afera's discussions and decision-making on issues that affect the tape industry, contact Afera's Secretary General via mail@afera.com about joining one of the Associations's Committees or Working Groups. As the lifelines of Afera, its Committees meet at least twice yearly to discuss and develop their action plans for carrying out Afera's mission: To represent the interests of the adhesive tape industry in the broadest sense.

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